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Welcome Home, Bowe Bergdahl!

I find it hard to quarrel with Obama bringing home an American POW.

But others are free to fire away!

In exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl, the U.S. has released five senior Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo Bay prison. They are considered some of the worst of the worst.

The five Guantanamo detainees released by the Obama administration in exchange for America’s last prisoner of war in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, are bad guys. They are top Taliban commanders the group has tried to free for more than a decade.

According to a 2008 Pentagon dossier on Guantanamo Bay inmates, all five men released were considered to be a high risk to launch attacks against the United States and its allies if they were liberated. The exchange shows that the Obama administration was willing to pay a steep price, indeed, for Bergdahl’s freedom. The administration says they will be transferred to Qatar, which played a key role in the negotiations.

While not as well known as Guantanamo inmates like 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Taliban 5 were some of the worst outlaws in the U.S. war on terror. And their release will end up replenishing the diminished leadership ranks of the Afghan Taliban at a moment when the United States is winding down the war there.

“They are undoubtedly among the most dangerous Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo,” said Thomas Joscelyn, a senior editor at the Long War Journal who keeps a close watch on developments concerning the detainees left at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

I think one American life is worth five Taliban lives, even 500, 5,000. I’m not sure where I stop. But if these scum don’t have GPS devices planted up their recta for later reckoning, I will be heartily disappointed.

PS: Under law, I heard on the news, Obama was to have given Congress 30 days notice. But he claimed time was of the essence. I am in no position to contradict him, but there will be consequences for this rash action. The best of those consequences, of course is the return of Sgt. Bergdahl to his family. For the worst of them we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Barack “Massah” Obama

When last we heard from this dingbat, she was telling us that our children weren’t ours to raise, but the “community’s.”

We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children. So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.

Maybe Melissa Harris-Perry just wants ratings, because she just topped herself:

“I also appreciate that the hunger strikers are not trying to die. They’re trying to generate autonomy in the context of something that strips their humanity — something we certainly know about from the experience of American slavery, and that the language of ‘before I be a slave, I’d be buried in my grave and go home to my Lord and be free’ — just that idea of creating human freedom within the context of horrible human conditions.”

So, if the Gitmo detainees are “slaves”, who would their master be? That’s right, The Nation’s First Black President (TNFBP). If that’s not irony enough for you, how about the fact that what slave blood he has himself comes from his white mother (via his “own white grandmother”)?

According to the New York Times, a team of genealogists has discovered the president’s slave ancestry.

However, the researchers say that not only did the president descend from an enslaved African, his ancestor was likely the first ever documented black slave in America. Furthermore, Obama’s slave heritage unfurls from perhaps the most unlikely familial line: his white mother.

To follow Ms. Harris-Perry’s line of thinking (to use that word in its most generous sense), President Obama is a slaveholder, if a reluctant one. (That’s what they all said.) That’s pretty hateful speech, and I don’t know if I feel comfortable spreading it.

Instead, I’d rather consider what she “appreciates”: I also appreciate that the hunger strikers are not trying to die. They’re trying to generate autonomy in the context of something that strips their humanity…

Hunger strikers who are not trying to die are merely dieters. The only way to “generate autonomy” (as she means it) is to take one’s mortality in one’s own hands. And being force-fed through a tube erodes autonomy-generation like you read about.

But my first point is my main point: calling President Obama a slaveholder (or worse, an overseer), threatening to communize our children, “appreciating” hardened Islamist enemy combatants captured in battle against us—these are all attempts to get attention. When you look at the rest of the MSNBC stable (and Ms. Harris-Perry aside, I do mean stable), that’s network policy.

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Chris Stevens Could Not Be Reached For Comment

President Obama knows how to win a war: declare victory and go home.

The president addressed the law, known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), toward the end of an hour-long speech largely devoted to explaining and defending his administration’s lethal drone program. He even referenced the fact that America is at war in defending the legality of the drone strikes.

But Obama made clear that his ultimate goal is to update, and then repeal, the use of force law, saying he wants to fight terrorism without keeping the country on a “perpetual war-time footing.”

“The AUMF is now nearly twelve years old. The Afghan War is coming to an end. Core Al Qaeda is a shell of its former self,” Obama said. “Unless we discipline our thinking our definitions, our actions, we may be drawn into more wars we don’t need to fight, or continue to grant presidents unbound powers more suited for traditional armed conflicts between nation states.

“So I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further,” he said. “Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.”

Is the Afghan War coming to an end? Not for Afghans. Is “core Al Qaeda” a “shell”? (And isn’t that an oxymoron?) Does it matter, if Islamist terrorism carries on apace anyway? I don’t live in the same world he seems to.

If he doesn’t want to use the powers at his disposal, that’s his decision. But why tie the hands of future presidents who will face challenges Obama can’t even imagine? He seems to think his authority needs to be projected into the indefinite future.

But it is on Guantanamo that the president displays his best sleight of hand (tongue):

GTMO has become a symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law. Our allies won’t cooperate with us if they think a terrorist will end up at GTMO.

During a time of budget cuts, we spend $150 million each year to imprison 166 people — almost $1 million per prisoner. And the Department of Defense estimates that we must spend another $200 million to keep GTMO open at a time when we’re cutting investments in education and research here at home, and when the Pentagon is struggling with sequester and budget cuts.

As President, I have tried to close GTMO. I transferred 67 detainees to other countries before Congress imposed restrictions to effectively prevent us from either transferring detainees to other countries or imprisoning them here in the United States.

Isn’t Gitmo subject to sequester cuts? Why should these guys not have to “pay their fair share”? Most of them are on a hunger strike, anyway, so the food budget could be cut.

But it takes a Code Pink moonbat to call out the president’s hypocrisy:

And given my administration’s relentless pursuit of al Qaeda’s leadership, there is no justification beyond politics for Congress to prevent us from closing a facility that should have never have been opened. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Excuse me, President Obama —

THE PRESIDENT: So — let me finish, ma’am. So today, once again –

AUDIENCE MEMBER: There are 102 people on a hunger strike. These are desperate people.

THE PRESIDENT: I’m about to address it, ma’am, but you’ve got to let me speak. I’m about to address it.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: You’re our Commander-In-Chief –

THE PRESIDENT: Let me address it.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: — you an close Guantanamo Bay.

THE PRESIDENT: Why don’t you let me address it, ma’am.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: There’s still prisoners –

THE PRESIDENT: Why don’t you sit down and I will tell you exactly what I’m going to do.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: That includes 57 Yemenis.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, ma’am. Thank you. (Applause.) Ma’am, thank you. You should let me finish my sentence.

I am lifting the moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen so we can review them on a case-by-case basis. To the greatest extent possible, we will transfer detainees who have been cleared to go to other countries.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: — prisoners already. Release them today.

THE PRESIDENT: Where appropriate, we will bring terrorists to justice in our courts and our military justice system. And we will insist that judicial review be available for every detainee.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: It needs to be –

THE PRESIDENT: Now, ma’am, let me finish. Let me finish, ma’am.

President Obama has been chief executive for 1,465 days—and just now discovers he has the powers to do what he’s been demanding be done all along? And rejects the powers that Congress granted the president to command forces against our foes in the war on terror?

I knew he was ass-backward, but this ass-backward? I guess that explains his posture.

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Anger, Guns, and Gitmo… and Golf, of Course

Some people want President Obama to get mad:

During the chaotic week of the Boston bomb attacks, Barack Obama finally did something a lot of people had been waiting for: He got angry. In public. In the Rose Garden. It happened after the Senate had shamefully failed to pass a bill, favored by the overwhelming majority of Americans, requiring background checks for gun purchasers. “The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” he said.

To which I say, Bring it on, Mr. President. Obama’s anger served a larger purpose.

Others get mad at President Obama:

A few days ago, Obama restated his desire to remove this stain on the national conscience by shutting Gitmo, declaring the very concept of the prison colony ‘contrary to who we are’.

But the uncomfortable fact is that Bush, the neo-conservative, did more to close the facility than Obama, the liberal, has ever done.

He sent home many more detainees and at least tried to set the cogs of justice turning.

Under this Nobel Peace Prize-winning Commander-in-Chief, however, investment in Guantanamo Bay continues apace, despite the squeeze on national public spending, so that these days there is a depressing sense of permanence about this American corner of Cuba.

But the President never loses his cool:

It’s Saturday and President Obama is golfing as usual with a few of his regular partners, White House aides Marvin Nicholson, Mike Brush and Joe Paulsen.

It’s already Obama’s eleventh outing this year and the 122nd since Inauguration Day in 2009.

To be fair to Obama (hey, I’ll try anything once), there’s no obvious solution for Guantanamo. Bush freed the easy ones; he deserves credit for doing so. (Come on, libs, try it. Once.) Transferring enemy combatants to the US criminal justice system was a spectacularly idiotic idea, rightly [bleep]-canned. Until their cases can be adjudicated (why they yet haven’t been is a very fair question), the 166 prisoners are probably best off where they are.

So, with respect, Mr. President, stop spouting off about how evil and cruel Guantanamo is. Without a workable alternative, you come across as a child throwing a tantrum.

Which brings us back to President Obama’s anger. There’s a role for anger in politics, but rarely so. People disagree. Disagreements can be, usually are, in good faith. I think, for example, that however many guns and bullets Adam Lanza had that terrible morning in Newtown, CT, there was one gun and one bullet too few at Sandy Hook Elementary. The kind of gun control the president and his supporters want more of left those kids sitting ducks. You may disagree with my solution—trained teachers carrying concealed weapons at schools—but you can’t argue that fact away. Anger is irrelevant. We want the same things: safe schools for our kids. I think proposals to further limit gun ownership will only make people less safe, so I will oppose them. You’re going to get angry over that?

And anger is terrible for one’s golf game.

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Gitmo Prisoners Do Their Part for Sequester

The money we save on food will cover President Obama’s golf outings!

Eighty-four of the 166 prisoners held at the US-run Guantanamo Bay facility are now on hunger strike, US military officials have said.

The prisoners are protesting against their indefinite detention. Most are being held without charge.

Sixteen of the 84 prisoners are being force-fed and five are being treated in hospital. None has a life-threatening condition, according to the military.

Guantanamo officials deny claims that the strike began after copies of the Koran were mishandled during searches of prisoners’ cells.

Wait. When there were reports of Koran desecration in the Bush years, it was all over the news. Even when there was no evidence. Now, nothing. Shows how much the Left loves civil liberties. All they do is hate. Hate Bush. Hate whatever.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to make a big ol’ sandwich and eat it with a big ol’ glass of milk. I’ll toast the enemy combatants.

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Where’s the Outrage?

As chronicled earlier, Team Obama doesn’t hold civil liberties to be self evident. Show trials for terrorists, Hellfire missiles for Americans, justifying military killings with criminal justice excuses.

Who could be surprised by this?

A defense lawyer at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said Monday that there is “overwhelming circumstantial evidence” that the U.S. government is listening to privileged communications between high-value detainees accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and their attorneys.

Cheryl Bormann, who represents Yemeni defendant Walid bin Attash, said devices designed to look like smoke detectors and placed in client meeting rooms were in fact audio monitors.

The issue of eavesdropping arose two weeks ago when the audio feed from the courtroom at Guantanamo Bay was mysteriously cut. To the apparent surprise of the military judge, Army Col. James Pohl, it was revealed that an unnamed government agency, listening for the potential release of classified information, controlled a “kill switch” to the feed provided to the public gallery and media centers.

The agency was not identified, but a prosector said it was the “original classification authority” — almost certainly the CIA in the case of matters concerning defendants in the 9/11 trial. The judge ruled that in the future only he could turn off video or audio from the proceedings.

James Connell III, an attorney for Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, told the court Monday that there are two audio feeds from the courtroom: The first to the public is “gated” and filters out general noise. The second, heard by the court reporter and the “original classification authority,” is “ungated” and picks up all sounds in the courtroom.

That raises the possibility that private conversations between the lawyers and their clients could be monitored. The judge said he would allow the defense to listen to three “ungated” recordings to get a sense of what extraneous sounds might be picked up.

Hey, maybe they are, maybe they aren’t. Who knows? But another report made it clear the “Executive Branch” was behind the alleged eavesdropping. This is all part of a pattern with this criminal regime: using the justice system to accomplish political goals. They’re bringing the permanent campaign to the courtroom.

Confession: KSM and the other 9/11 plotters can’t die soon enough or often enough for my liking. But don’t kill the protections of the Constitution with them. If you can’t convict these guys under the rules of military trials, replace your lawyers (and that includes Obama and Holder themselves).

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National Lampoon’s Guantanamo Vacation

By their guts and their tans shall ye know them:

American military authorities allowed a reporter and photographer into the prison to see everyday life for the detainees, who are said to include bomb-makers, terrorist masterminds and individuals responsible for the deaths of US and British troops.

It is the first time a British paper has been inside the current system of prison blocks at Guantánamo, a military base which became notorious in 2002 when pictures of inmates in orange jump suits, chained to hand trolleys, were broadcast around the world.

President Barack Obama had pledged to shut it, but that promise has been dropped, and facilities which now hold 169 inmates across a cluster of “camps” have largely remained out of the public eye.

The pictures of men shackled while sitting are certain to prove controversial but prison commanders say it is essential to stop inmates attacking guards and instructors.

This paper witnessed prisoners receiving computer lessons, mingling with each other and preparing meals. Guards say torture simply does not happen, although they refuse to discuss what happened in the past. They also refuse to discuss the camp’s future.

Guantánamo Bay had been scheduled for closure by Mr Obama when he became president. But that pledge has been dropped, although hundreds of prisoners have been returned to countries including Iraq and Afghanistan.

The US authorities say those who remain are terrorist bomb makers, planners of attacks on Western targets, and financiers of terrorist operations.

The US government justifies the camps at Guantánamo by defining the inmates as “unprivileged enemy belligerents”; their incarceration in wartime is not an act of punishment but a matter of “security and military necessity”, which Washington claims has long been recognised as legitimate in international law.

Naturally, I don’t know what goes on there, but this isn’t the first report to show jowly jihadists and rotund recidivists at Camp X-Ray. Hundreds have been repatriated (or “patriated” to any non-native countries that would have them), some of whom have gone straight back to terrorism, so these are the dregs of Al Qaedan humanity (if that’s not redundant).

What’s most striking to me is the absoluteness of Obama’s hollow words (you could hear the echo!) in resolving to close the place down. Thank goodness for our nation’s security he’s such an accomplished liar!

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Gimme the Khalid Mohammed Shake and a Side of Fries

If the 9/11 terrorists (and murderers of Daniel Pearl, don’t forget) want to spend their last days on earth acting out a farce more absurd than Noises Off, don’t they have that right? Say, in lieu of a last meal (which they’ll never finish digesting anyway).

You don’t have to be a mind reader to figure out the propaganda strategy of September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the four other terrorists who were arraigned Saturday in a 13-hour spectacle in Guantanamo Bay. The idea is to use the open military trial to promote jihad and discredit American institutions, including the military system of justice.

The point to keep in mind is that this would have happened no matter the trial venue, civilian or military. The critics who have never liked military tribunals and accused them of being a form of railroad justice are now blaming them for being so unruly that they give terrorists a chance to act out. Well, which is it?

The real fault lies with the terrorists, who hope to put American justice on trial instead of themselves. The defendants refused even to look at Judge James Pohl, much less to answer questions or wear headsets to hear the simultaneous translation into Arabic. There were unscheduled prayers and a paper airplane. Ramzi bin Al Shibh commented in English that “Maybe they will kill us and say we have committed suicide.”

Sad to say, they were helped by some of the military defense lawyers, who know they can make a name for themselves by putting the Bush Administration’s detention policies on trial. KSM attorney David Nevin said in a press conference that “The government wants to kill Mr. Mohammed. They want to extinguish the last eyewitness to his torture so he can never speak again.” Sure, 9/11 was one giant cover-up.

The terrorists deserve a zealous defense under our adversarial trial system, but the lawyers’ efforts to defend their clients not by any evidence of their innocence but through political attacks on the procedural detail of military tribunals does a disservice to the victims and to their military peers.

The decision by Cheryl Bormann, the lawyer for Osama bin Laden bodyguard Walid bin Attash, to come to court in a black hijab and abaya and urge other female prosecutors to do the same was beyond any reasonable definition of what’s necessary and proper for women working in a U.S. military courtroom.

The professional female lawyers and members of the U.S. military should cover themselves, she said, so that the suspects wouldn’t be in “fear of committing a sin under their faith.”

To hell with that. I say the lawyers should be required to wear stilettos, sequined hot pants, and nothing on top but a push-up bra. And that’s just the guys!

This is America, baby, love it or leave it. To some of us, the Statue of Liberty is just a big dominatrix: “You’re tired! You’re poor! You’re nothing but a huddled mass yearning to breath free, you pathetic excuse for an American.” Crack! (You can’t truly appreciate liberty unless you’ve been in bondage, I always say.)

It’s not like the Gitmo Five haven’t seen their share of infidel flesh. Didn’t Mohammed (that name again!) Atta and his crew hit every titty bar and strip club in the Northeast before carrying out their mass-murderous mission?

We know that President Obama’s preferred method of dealing with America’s enemies is to terminate them with extreme prejudice—preferably by Predator drone, Navy SEALs a close second—and we salute him for that. (If a couple of wedding parties are mistaken for jihadist book groups and “accidentally” vaporized, just put your hat over heart and say you’re powerful sorry.)

If deprived the pleasure of a Hellfire missile or two in the head, however, Obama would settle for a show trial from out of the Cultural Revolution in lower Manhattan. But this? KSM middle-fingering us without consequence? That’s gotta be eating up Obama inside. We all know that in any other country, he’d get 70% of the vote—but in America and within Al Qaeda, he has to endure these indignities.

Me, on the other hand, I love it. The Gitmo Five can drop trou (or robe) and defecate in the middle of the courtroom for all I care. KSM can grope the female lawyers in their hijabs and say “How ’bout abaya drink?” He may make a farce out of the proceedings, but after his scrupulously fair military tribunal, we’ll get the last laugh at the firing squad.

Just swallow the popcorn before laughing. No choking on the concessions.

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Ordure in the Court

Khalid Sheikh Jacobi (or O’Donnell, you decide) gets his day in court: hilarity ensues:

Silence from accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others resulted in delays during their arraignment Saturday in Guantanamo Bay.

A hearing before a military judge that could have lasted minutes instead stretched into hours.

It is Mohammed and four others’ first appearance in a military courtroom since being charged a month ago.

Along with Mohammed, the others are Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin ‘Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi.

The silence from the defendants — some ignored the judge and others appeared to be reading — slowed the proceedings to a crawl.

One of the defendants was brought in, in restraints, after refusing to come to court. The restraints were later removed.

The judge, Col. James Pohl, needed the five to confirm their desires to be represented by the attorneys who accompanied them. Because no one answered, Pohl had to go one-by-one and appoint military lawyers for them.

Earlier, the silence caused an issue with the court translations.

Mohammed’s lawyer said that his client “will decline to communicate with the court.”

Because they wouldn’t speak, the judge could not confirm that the defendants could hear the translation of the proceedings. Time elapsed while they set up loudspeakers in the court to carry the translations. Some lawyers objected to this solution, too, and translation remained a problem at the outset of the hearing.
Pohl said he would enter a not guilty plea on Mohammed’s behalf if he refused to enter a plea.

Two of the defendants, Bin ‘Attash and Binalshibh, started praying in the court.

The defendants’ silence was finally broken hours into the hearing by Binalshibh, who shouted in heavily accented English: “You may not see us anymore,” he said. “They are going to kill us.”

The outburst was short and the judge proceeded with the arraignment.

During recesses, the defendants talked amongst each other and seemed relaxed. They passed around a copy of The Economist magazine.

Mohammed wore a white turban; his long beard was colored red by henna.

From another account:

Yemeni defendant Ramzi Binalshibh knelt on the gray-carpeted courtroom floor and prayed as a row of burly guards in camouflage uniforms kept a close watch but did not interfere. Later he stood and shouted, and seemed to be saying that the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was being held at Guantanamo.

He said tricks were being played on the defendants inside the prison camp and that “maybe they are going to kill us at the camp … and say that we are committing suicide.”

Yemeni defendant Walid bin Attash refused to come into the court and was strapped into a restraining chair and wheeled in by the guards. His prosthetic leg was brought in later.

Ha! That could come from a stage direction from Ionesco or maybe Joe Orton.

But I can’t decide which image makes me laugh harder: the peg leg being brought in later; the praying and then braying about Muammar Qaddafi; the badass terrorists reading the house organ of the establishment, The Economist; or KSM’s hennaed beard. Carol’s right: that’s definitely more Rosie O’Donnell than Lou Jacobi. So’s his attitude and behavior.

It just goes to show you how wrong Holder and Obama were to want to hold a civilian show trial. Besides the obscenity against the American justice system such a kangaroo court would have been, we would have missed this epic farce. It’s going to run for years.

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About That Kinder, Gentler Muslim Brotherhood

Not so kind, not so gentle:

Following are excerpts from an interview with Ali Abd Al-Fattah, a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt, which aired on Palestine Today TV on February 19, 2012:

The time has come for the entire Egyptian and Arab people to unite against the Zionist-American enterprise. We can do without all the foreign aid and dictates, and we can liberate Palestine from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, by means of our determination and our capabilities.

[…]

Egypt was isolated from the Arab camp. The time has come for restoring Arab unity and reestablishing Arab interests, and for Israel and the US to stop meddling in the Arab world, because the Camp David Accords have brought us nothing but disasters. The time will come when all the Arab peoples will strive to realize their aspirations, and Arab Jerusalem – both East and West Jerusalem – will become the capital of the State of Palestine, the accursed Jews will return to wherever they came from, and all the Palestinian rights will be restored, like the Right of Return of the refugees, and the Arab land will be completely cleansed from Zionist filth.

You ever notice how obsessed the Arab smack-talkers are with filth? And microbes? Like they want to wash their hands every three minutes? I wonder what that’s all about? Freud would wonder how things went during their toilet training.

No such problems for this guy:

Following are excerpts from an interview with Adel Al-Gazzar, a former Guantanamo inmate, which aired on Al-Rahma TV on February 16, 2012:

Interviewer: You said that some American soldiers in Guantanamo would cry and send letters to their mommies and girlfriends…

Adel Al-Gazzar: Right.

Interviewer: The American soldier looks strong, but is he really that strong?

Adel Al-Gazzar: Like the poet said, he has the body of a mule and the dreams of a bird. Some brothers even wrote a poem that goes: “This American, the real idiot. He resembles a donkey, in body and in stupidity.” This is just one part. This poem had many stanzas. He is a real idiot, and he resembles a donkey in his body and stupidity. Indeed, they have awesome bodies. They practice sports, and have muscles out to here, like Rambo. The US soldier thinks he’s a Rambo. The cinema has made him believe that. But the truth is that he is no Rambo.

[...]

The US soldier cannot fight at all. During the first Gulf War, the Egyptian and the Syrian armies moved in, and the Americans stayed behind. When it was all over and all the “dispensable” soldiers killed or wounded, the Americans would come and take pictures.

[...]

They would serve us breakfast that does not suit our nature. They would give you cornflakes and yogurt. People, we want falafel and broad beans… That stuff doesn’t cut it for us. It would never fill us.

No offense, Adel, but it would take a lot of falafel and broad beans to fill you up. You look like you survived just fine on corn flakes and yogurt. That diet served Americans well enough for those “idiot donkeys” to have captured and held your sorry a** for the better part of a decade.

Here’s a poem for you:

Corn flakes are golden,
Yogurt is white.
They’re all you can eat
When you’ve no teeth left to bite.

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How FOS is the Left?

You’d probably need the Grand Coulee Dam to hold back all their crap, but just a demonstration (I hate to use the word “taste”):

“We used to be able to blame the Bush administration for Guantánamo,” writes The Nation’s David Cole in the hard-left magazine. No kidding! In case you’ve forgotten–we hear a lot less about the place these days–Guantanamo is a U.S. naval base in Cuba where the Pentagon set up a detention facility for terrorists not long after the 9/11 attacks. As Cole notes, the anti-antiterror left loved to vilify George W. Bush for his detention policies.

But Bush left office just under three years ago, and the Guantanamo detention facility was to have been shuttered a year later. Somehow that didn’t happen. So whom are we to blame now?

The obvious answer would be whoever replaced Bush as president. But to hear Cole tell it, that office is now vacant: “Although the executive, legislative and judicial branches are all deeply implicated in the ongoing injustice, we can’t really lay the blame on the government. Guantánamo is our problem as citizens.”

Let me employ one of those extremely irritating internet acronyms: ROTFLMAO. Or as the Brits say (write), PSML.

When did that happen, I wonder? When did Gitmo become my fault? Or credit, as I would say, as it’s served its purpose brilliantly? If you blinked, you missed the transfer of responsibility. BTW, did you know that Obama (well, you and me, I guess) hasn’t released anyone in eight months? Not one little terrorist wannabe or goatherd caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The guest list is at 171 and holding. Given the recidivism rate of released detainees, the remaining must be some pretty butch dudes.

Amnesty International knows—and they’re pissed:

On the 10th anniversary of the first detainees being transferred to Guantánamo, Amnesty International is calling on President Obama to end detentions at this notorious US prison and bring to an end this systemic attack on human rights.

Despite President Obama’s pledge to close the Guantánamo detention facility by 22 January 2010, 171 men were being held there in mid-December 2011. At least 12 of those transferred to Guantánamo on 11 January 2002 were still held there. One of them is serving a life sentence after being convicted by a military commission in 2008. None of the other 11 has been charged.

Events on 11 January 2012
Amnesty International supporters are marking the 10th anniversary with a series of events across the world. This includes a human chain in orange jump suits stretching from the White House to Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

Will they pick up litter along the highway while they’re at it?

I highlighted the word “despite” because it really should read “because”. Obama made many “pledges” during the campaign he hasn’t lived up to because he had no intention of living up to them. But he made them all the same because he doubted many would really care beyond the pledge itself. We wanted him to tell us the seas would stop rising even if we knew he was full of it for saying so (in fact, because we knew). He was as empty and vacuous as we were: a perfect reflection of ourselves in the White House.

David Corn(hole) is right that we have “a problem as citizens”, only it’s Obama, not Gitmo.

PS: You know what else I think is my fault? The Islamist Spring. I accidently farted when I sneezed about nine months ago—that never happens, I swear—and the next thing you know the whole Mahgreb is up in flames. I didn’t mean anything by it, but those people can be awfully sensitive, some of them. My bad.

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A Bet On Guantanamo

Back in 2009, University of Wisconsin law prof, Ann Althouse, bet a typical liberal sap that Obama would not be closing Guantanamo.

- Aggie

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